"The stockings were hung by the chimney with care..."
All 15 stockings for our 15 family members, even though our 7 children from the Philippines were not here this year to celebrate with us.
This year, the girls and the boys worked together to create their own gingerbread houses.
It is such joy for me to see the kids carrying on the same traditions as my family did growing up.
Christmas Eve we went to a candle light service at church singing all sorts of celebratory Christmas carols and making sure to remember how Jesus came as a light into the darkness. It was such a beautiful reminder of how that light pierces the darkness and spreads from one person to another. I remember doing the same thing at our Christmas services growing up.
Another tradition we started as a family a couple years ago was making a birthday cake and singing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus; after all, He is the reason for the season!
Dustin and the kids made me a huge breadbox last year. I love that my husband takes the kids out into the workshop and helps them work with their hands. What a great memory for the kids with their dad. The kids spent a great deal of time sanding this project, and I LOVE all the time and love that went into this present for me.
The picture below is one of Dustin in the apron that Fasika picked out for him. She knew dad didn't have an apron for when he is cooking and grilling, and she takes care of the chickens which is why she picked the chicken one. I think it is absolutely adorable that Dustin rocked that apron all day. I don't know many dads that could pull that look off. I know I am a little biased, but he is a pretty awesome guy!
As a group gift this year, we got a basketball court for the family. One of our older boys in the Philippines absolutely loves to play basketball; it is his favorite thing to do. We figured, a basketball court would be a great way to spend quality family time with one another (and anyone who lives on a dirt road knows how hard it is to play basketball when you can't dribble). We are looking forward to many wonderful games of hoops as a family.
All our paperwork has been completed on our end. The kids have their passports. The only thing we are waiting on with our adoption is the kids Visa appointments and their exit medical appointments. We hope to have them home in the next month or two.